Tom Rood will be reading his literary creations in his local Shelbyville on November 3. Children and adults will take pleasure in two pieces he has written since retiring from 33 years of elementary school teaching, mostly 1st-3rd grade.
Flourishes Gallery and Studios will host Rood at 3 p.m. at 140 ½ E. Main in downtown Shelbyville. He has chosen two out of his 13 pieces. His most recent book, “There’s a Beast in My Backpack”, is one he has selected. He does his own writing, illustrations and set-up of the pages. Illustrations are done in colored pencil or acrylic paints. Caricatures of each grandchild appear “somewhere” in each book and they look forward to finding themselves in each book. His other choice is in poetry form where alternating lines rhyme. It is titled Don’t Wake Up the Cat.
“I have always been interested in children’s books. Of course teaching had a lot to do with that,” Rood said.
Rood takes six to eight months to complete each title and has them professionally bound in Urbana, IL, giving one to each of his grandchildren.
Children and adults will both enjoy hearing and talking with him. Rood also enjoys collecting first editions of Little Golden Books, especially those illustrated by Eloise Wilkin.
Jan Phillips, singer and instrumentalist in guitar, banjo, mandolin and more, will share the stage with Rood for First Sunday Sing. No admission is charged. Refreshments will be served.